Austin LGBT Chamber celebrates National Coming Out Day

Celebrate National Coming Out Day with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. National Coming Out Day is an annual celebration that takes place on October 11th. The Austin LGBT Chamber has proudly been supporting out & allied entrepreneurs since 1997!

Your identity is valid, and your story matters. No Matter where you are in your coming out journey, you are never alone. You are part of a vibrant, loving, and inclusive community. We’re here for you!

Let’s continue to create a world where every person can live openly, authentically, and without fear. Together, we can break down barriers and build a future of love, acceptance, and equality.


The first National Coming Out Day was in October 1988. Today, National Coming Out Day is often seen as a mainstream event, but its origins lie in a desperate push for more visibility as the AIDS crisis affected so many in our community. Read more about the History of National Coming Out Day.

Chamber Staff

“Proudly OUT since 2004. Life has brought me an incredible journey and I couldn’t be more grateful for the love and support I’ve carried with me and found along the way. Be proud. Be your best self. Happy National Coming Out Day to all!” – Membership Operations Manager Amy Clunie

“Growing up in a small town, I never felt comfortable or able to be my true self. My journey, although not easy, has been filled with so many great memories and loving humans. To everyone who can’t or doesn’t want to come out, you are valued and are still part of the LGBTQIA+ community.” – Marketing & Communications Manager Colton Ashabranner


The Human Rights Campaign – The Human Rights Campaign has resources to help you come out and live openly at home, at work, and in your community.

OutYouth – OutYouth has resources on trans wellness, BIPOC queer and trans community, and more.

Transgender Education Network of Texas – Resources of advocating for yourself and your transgender friends, neighbors and family.

Rainbow Connections ATX – Rainbow Connections ATX (RCATX) improves the quality and vitality of life for TwoSpiritLGBTQIA+ older adults by providing connections, support, and advocacy in the greater Austin area.  

For more resources in the Austin area, visit our Member Directory.